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Today in Movie History: September 29

Though I prefer the 1937 version of A Star is Born, there’s a lot to recommend in the remake: featuring a comeback turn from Judy Garland as a singer on the rise and James Mason as her fading, alcoholic mentor. Both actors┬áscored Oscar nominations and the film is regarded as one of the seminal musicals of the 1950s. It opened …

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Today in Movie History: August 8

Rob Reiner was still known as a comedic filmmaker when he tackled┬áStand by Me, based on a nostalgic Stephen King story that ran dead-set against the author’s own reputation as a scare master. It turned out to be one of the best King adaptations to date, with strong performances from a very young Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell, Corey Feldman and …